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Anti-fellatio candidate loses Virginia governor's race

Tea party Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who took his fight to criminalize “crimes against nature,” including oral sex, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, narrowly lost his bid to become governor of Virginia yesterday.

Democratic Party operative Terry McAuliffe bested Cuccinelli by less than 2 percent of the vote, wresting the governor's office from Republicans after an exceptionally expensive and acrimonious campaign. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McAuliffe had won 47 percent of the vote compared with Cuccinelli’s 46 percent.

In addition to running on an anti-gay and anti-sodomy platform, Cuccinelli opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and is against the use of contraception. Those stances helped give McAuliffe a strong lead among unmarried women and voters in the moderate northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who harshly criticized Cuccinelli’s social views, also ran strong in the race — at one point polling 15 percent support among voters younger than 30.

Throughout his campaign, Cuccinelli declined to answer questions from reporters asking whether he or any of his staff had ever committed what he called “crimes against nature.” He'd waged a steady — and some would say obsessive — legal war to reinstate sodomy laws in Virginia since 2003.

In winning the race, McAuliffe broke a stubborn streak in Virginia electoral history. During the past nine governor's races, the party that controlled the White House at the time has always lost.

Polls going into yesterday’s election showed McAuliffe with a wider lead than his final tally. McAuliffe strongly outspent Cuccinelli, who was abandoned by much of the Republican establishment due to fears that his bizarre sexual attitudes would alienate normal voters.

GOP leaders were kicking themselves today after Cuccinelli ran much stronger than they’d expected, according to numerous published reports.

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